Yesterday was going to be another very warm day, so I got up and went into the woods early to try get some digging done before the sun made things unbearable. I went to one of the dumping pits I had located in spring when the ground was still frozen. I got the surface cover out of the way and could see some semi modern junk sticking out. - Oh no, was those bits the good signals the detector had picked up in spring? I removed the rubbish and swept the Fisher across the short ditch. It told me there were more metal down there. Either lots of stuff or something large, so I stuck the shovel in and began shifting the soil away. Soon bits from a cast iron stove came out, but also bottles and food tins from the wartime. In the middle of the ditch the shovel clancked into the bottom part of an oven, and I spent at least an hour cleaning it from soil. It was massive. I think I probably could fit inside it. I tried to move it and laughed at the unrealistic idea that it would be possible for me to do so. Instead I started tunneling under it from two of the sides. It was a gap under it and I pulled out some clips of k98 ammo, a crushed bucket, a ladle, a K98 winter trigger and some bottles. As I worked my way along the stove like this a very familiar shape came to view. The rim of a helmet! I got it loose from between the oven and the side of the ditch and turned it around, the liner was still intact. The rim had a couple of small damages but other than that it looked like the lid could clean up well. I continued until I was sure there were no more relics to grab from under it and to any of the sides, and then I filled back the ditch. I had collected a small pile of relics, a few gaming pieces, an esbit burner, a leather belt, cut in two and missing both the catch and the buckle and two thermoses, well, one thermos and the inner part of another.
Having unbent my knees I took a stroll and dug up a silver spoon, a couple of food tins more and then I found a small ditch, maybe half meter long, full of signals and some rust sticking out from the moss. I drank some water and ate a few pieces of fruit and went to work. This one was full of rusted bits that was difficult to tell what had been, some wire and a ton of broken glass. Half way through I was about to close it, but a small whisper from the relic god made me continue shoveling the burnt and crushed glass. And then I saw it. Embedded in soil, charcoal and glass was the shape of a German helmet! I dug it out and lifted it to the surface. Parts of the liner was still attached and I could see the overpainted decal. I was overjoyed, and really looking forward to clean it up come the cold winter days. Next to the lid I thought I had a third one, but it was the housing for a vehicle lamp, and under it a couple of intact bottles. When I was filling back the spoils I discovered a Finnish coin between all the garbage.
Now the day had become pretty warm, and I was sweating as an overweight marathon runner, so I filled my backpack and made my way back to the car and home to the hammock.
Enjoy your day, and Keep Smiling :)